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DIY SPIRIT HAUNTS EVIL PARADISE SURFBOARD BAGS

Evil Paradise is a local brand creating DIY inspired surf board bags that are hand made and not meant for mass production.

The fledgling business combines the talents of Ocean Grove’s artist Sean Bernhardt and screen printer Dave Sincox. Together Evil Paradise strives for quality, not quantity and the passion both these guy put into their bags is pretty self evident.

“We try to recreate the past by being influenced by the 1960s surf movement which in our eyes was the most pure time of the culture, ” says Sincox. “Before sponsors and contests, people surfed to surf and they had an original DIY lifestyle. That’s what we thrive on and intend on building the brand on as well.”

Bernhardt, who grew up in Long Branch, has been cultivating his art skills since the age of 8. His medium of choice is simple – a sharpie and microns. He’s done work for Vissla, Jetty, Salt Surf, and is currently illustrating for DSL mag.

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Sincox on the other hand had been making board bags for friends for a couple years before the two decided to combine forces and create Evil Paradise. The brand started last winter. Bernhardt says, “The whole idea of Evil Paradise in my mind was to create many works of art that would depict darker and more of a tropically disturbed theme. This theme has been imbedded in my mind after all of the cold, dark nights in NJ, with no-where to go, nothing to do, and shattered dreams of a warmer state of mind.”

Every board bag is a one off. You will never see two bags the same from Evil Paradise. Everything is made with a DIY mentality, a hand touches each step along the way.

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“In our eyes the surf industry was never meant to be exploited by big companies mass producing products made with no passion, ” says Sincox. Evil Paradise represents taking a step back and making things by hand just like it should be.”

Bernhardt handles all the art direction, illustration and the process of dying and bleaching the bags. Sincox hand sews and screenprints all the bags and tees.

“With the combination of the both of us each bag is made to never be duplicated and never mass produced, ” says Sincox. “We take our time just like the shapers of the boards they cover. We thrive on keeping Evil Paradise a grassroots company and of course keep it fun.”

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You can catch Evil Paradise at The Anchor and Two Moto Co. sponsored High Seas, Open Roads helmet art show on September 6th at Asbury Lanes. Bernhardt will is also painting a Harley Davidson motorcycle tank for the show and Sincox will be screen printing tees on site.

If you are interested in buying a bag visit evilparadiseco.bigcartel.com or for custom orders email them at evilparadiseco@gmail.com. Follow them on instagram @evilparadise

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